Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been one of the most notable fighters in MMA history.  He first broke onto the scene in 2001 when he fought for the now-defunct Pride organization in Japan.  Though he lost to Kazushi Sakuraba, Rampage quickly became a fan favorite.  Over the next 10 years, Rampage has fought some of the best fighters that this sport has to offer. This Saturday at UFC 135 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, he will continue that tradition when he faces Jon “Bones” Jones in the main event for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Rampage has had his ups and downs in the UFC, but he is currently riding a two-fight winning streak and has won four out of his last five. He feels this is his time to regain the light heavyweight championship.

“I have never felt this good,” Jackson told The MMA Corner. “Training here at Muscle Pharm in Denver and at altitude, I feel good.  I’ve had a great camp.  I have my whole team here and we are all training together.  I feel good. ”

Rampage again discredited the rumor of an injury and reiterated that he had a spy in his camp.

“My hand was never injured,” Jackson stated. “Look, I had everything I needed in my mind to know I had a spy in my camp.  You know how it is when you have all the information you need and know in your head that you are right? Well, that’s what I had.

“I am not going to give any names, but I knew who it was and we started the rumor that I had an injury and look what happened.  My manager gets a call from Joe Silva asking if my hand was injured and Joe said he heard from Jon Jones’ manager, and Jon Jones’ manager said he got from Twitter.  Now look at my Twitter account and show me where it says that.  You can’t because it’s not there.”

Rampage insists that he doesn’t care what Jones was up to.

“I don’t care if he has a spy in here or not,” said Jackson.  “I don’t care if he watches every one of my fights.  I can’t worry about what Jon Jones is or is not doing.  You see what I’m saying; I’ve got to worry about my training camp and making sure that I am not getting knocked out by Cheick Kongo.  That guy hits hard.  I have to worry about what I need to do to win this fight.  I don’t care what Jon Jones does.”

Rampage knows and believes that Jones is a very tough competitor and might be the toughest opponent that he has faced.  Jones has destroyed the competition and even though he does have a loss on his record, it is not because he lost the fight.

“Look I have said it before: Jon Jones is the future of the sport, but it is not the future yet,” Jackson said.  “It is the present and Jon Jones is still a young kid.  Jon Jones is a very tough guy and he does some wild things in there, but he didn’t do those things against the quality of guys that I have fought in my career.  Yes, he beat Shogun, but Shogun wasn’t at 100%.  Don’t get me wrong I know Jon Jones is a tough kid, but we are going to see just how tough he is when we fight.”

Over the years, when Rampage has been mentally focused and prepared for a fight he is one of the most dominant fighters in the division. However, when Rampage is not mentally focused he is not the same dominant fighter.  He promises that we’ll see a Rampage in this fight who is determined to emerge with his hands raised and the belt around his waist.

“I am focused on Jon Jones,” Jackson declared.  “I want to get my belt back and he is the one who has it, so yeah I am focused on Jon Jones.  I am focused on going in there and taking his head off.  I’m living here at the Muscle Pharm facility, I have nothing to do here but train.  My kids came out for a couple of days, but other than that all I do is train.  I am ready for Jones.  I want my belt back.  I have said this numerous times: I don’t want to be fighting past the age of 35, I have other things that I want to do.  I am going to get my title back before I retire.”

In Rampage’s view, it is very simple: Jon Jones is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. At UFC 135, it is not personal, but he is on a mission to get back what he believes is rightfully his:  the UFC light heavyweight title.

Top Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Heavy MMA)

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.